Venture away from an average pet supply store into the land of the designer pooch and you will find a very different standard of living. Here are ten of the most expensive items ever sold exclusively for dogs.
1. In 2008, a female surgeon from Gloucestershire invested A?250,000 in an architect designed dog house for her pet Great Danes. The house came complete with sheepskin-lined, temperature-controlled dog beds, an 18in-deep spa bath, a A?150,000 sound system and 52-inch plasma TV as well as automatic dog food and filtered water dispensers.
2. A Thai jewellery designer shocked the world when he designed a $4.2 million dog tiara for his pet Maltese terrier. The tiara was created from titanium and decorated with more than 100 karats diamonds and 153 karats of emeralds. Riwin Jirapolsek also has plans for a jewelled hair slide for his dog.
3. Alternatively if you can’t quite stretch to that why not go for a $3,000 22 karat gold thread mattress, based on an adult $30,000 version.
4. The ‘I love Dogs’ designers from New York have come up with a series of diamond encrusted collars that are the most expensive dog collars in the world. The collars range from the relatively cheap ‘La Jeune Tulipe’ collar which costs $150,000 through to the 52 karat $3.2 million ‘Amour, Amour’ collar adorned with over 1600 hand-set diamonds set on 18-karat white gold. You wouldn’t want that to get lost in the garden!
5. To go with the posh collar, owners with too much money on their hands could always go for a designer doggie outfit. Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has come up with a range of dog clothing including satin-trimmed bath robes, silk shorts, jackets and velour tracksuits priced from $110- $1200.
6. For the dog who is not content to sleep on a normal dog bed, designer Davis Salmon has come up with a series of ‘Pet Pavilions’. Which range from the Louis XVI Style based on the opulence of Versailles- a snip at $13,390 through to the rosewood Louis XV Style bed based on an 18th century commode at a massive $23,990
7. If your dog is forever jumping up on the sofa, solve the problem by buying him his own. The Swarovski dog thrones, designed by Julia Mai, are a perfect solution at just under 1400 Euros. Studded with 16 Swarovski crystals, the owners will be pleased to know that the seat covers are machine washable, although I’m sure they have staff to do that…
8. The best dressed dogs must have the best dog carrier and what better answer than the Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier at $42,000 to $58,000.
9. Why take your designer dog for a walk when you can buy it its own treadmill, the Canine Treadmill comes in three sizes with the largest costing $900
10. Finally, if after all that exercise your dog is a bit smelly, why not deal with it by giving it its own perfume. The Sexy Beast Pet Fragrance comes in a Swarovski encrusted bottle engraved with your dog’s name. It is no surprise that their bottle is limited edition coming in at $850 for a 3.4 fl oz bottle.